Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to take your mom on a special weekend getaway that will let her feel how much you care about her. Check into a stylish hotel in a major city where you can go shopping, get massages, visit a museum and watch a show.
Or head to the country to unwind surrounded by nature and delicious food. If you are not sure where to go with your mom, consider what types of activities she enjoys the most.
Would she like to take a cooking class, play a round of golf, attend a health workshop or simply relax surrounded by her family? The best way to say “thank you” is to arrange a weekend that will celebrate all the things that your mom loves most. If you are looking for ideas from specific cities, browse weekend escapes from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities.
Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica, California has a spa, pool club, a restaurant and contemporary suites. You will receive a welcome glass of Prosecco, iPads, daily yoga practice in Palisades Park, a daily hike in the Santa Monica Mountains, surf lessons and beach cruiser bicycles. The Signature Ocean View Suite is the most spacious, featuring a private balcony overlooking the ocean, a California king size bed and a roomy living room with a queen sofa-bed.
The spa bathroom has a rain shower and separate deep soaking tub. Lounge in one of the custom-designed loungers next to the heated pool which features an outdoor fireplace and California landscaping. Break a sweat at the fitness center which provides cardio machines, strength training, free weights, personal trainers, private yoga, Pilates, and a spacious lap pool. Tower 8 serves locally sourced cuisine with distinctive cocktails. Rooms start at $338 per night.
Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer is a modern boutique hotel with 82 newly renovated accommodations, a lounge for social functions, restaurant and bar. Guest rooms feature minimalist modern décor, large oversized bay windows, and 24 hour concierge service. There are three types of rooms, including 185-square-foot Mystic Junior with a double bed and exposed brick wall accent, the 200-square-foot Mystic Guest Room with a chase lounge, and the 300- to 400-square-foot Mystic and Stockton Suites with space for entertaining along with newly renovated bathrooms.
Berlinetta Lounge, perfect for intimate gatherings and large events of 100 people, features lounge seating, LCD TVs, communal tables, and a customizable mobile bar. The Burritt Room is a craft cocktail bar and lounge that serves classic and handmade signature cocktails. Burritt Tavern serves unique salads, steaks and chops. Rooms start at $120 per night.
The Outlook Lodge is a charming Victorian-style lodge hidden among tall green Colorado trees. Guest rooms have hardwood floors, modern and mid-century furniture, and original artwork from famous American artist Jason Willaford. All rooms come with free wireless internet access, a flat screen TV with a built-in DVD player, an iPod radio, free local calls, in-room coffee, and a compact refrigerator.
The deluxe rooms have custom-made furniture, a double-sink vanity that was specially designed for the lodge, and a cushioned bay window overlooking the glorious garden. Toast a marshmallow at the outdoor fire pit, or host a special ceremony on the wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. Once you book your stay, the host will provide you with pre-arrival information, a list of local activities and restaurants in Green Mountain Falls. Rooms start at $119 per night.
The Inn of the Five Graces is a luxury all-suite getaway in Santa Fe. Decorated in a mix of styles reminiscent of the Orient and the Old West, the inn provides a fun base for exploring the historic city. The inn is located across the street from the Chapel of San Miguel, built in 1626, and a block from the State Capital building.
The Plaza & Palace of the Governor and Canyon Road with its high-end art galleries and restaurants are a five-minute walk from the hotel.
There are 22 suites decorated in a luxurious style, featuring bathrooms with large tubs and vivid tile mosaics. Continental breakfast of baked breads, muffins, fruit, yogurt, juices, hot coffee and tea is offered in the breakfast room. For lunch and dinner, sample Mexican-inspired food at the nearby restaurants. Room rates range from $295 to $525 per night plus a 10% service charge. The rate includes daily breakfast, car parking, a complimentary wet bar, daily historical walking tour followed by wine and cheese, twice daily housekeeping and local telephone calls. Tipping is not expected.
The Limelight Hotel in Aspen has scenic rooftop terraces, an outdoor pool, hot tubs and a fitness room. The hotel provides easy access to some of the best ski slopes in the world. The spacious and airy accommodations have high ceilings, marble and granite finishes, large windows, and balconies that provide mountain views.
All rooms feature flat screen TVs, an iPod docking station, a wet bar and a humidifier. The Lounge serves light Italian fare made from local and organic ingredients and has a daily Happy Hour as well as live music several times a week.
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is a luxury getaway with a Cubist-influenced style. There are 221 contemporary rooms including 182 Guest Rooms, 12 Executive Kings, and 27 One-Bedroom Suites. All rooms include luxury bath products, spacious workstations with ergonomic task chairs, and 46-inch HD LED televisions. Relax at Spa Boutique, a full service spa with two private treatments rooms and a long list of services, including signature facials and messages. Reach your fitness goals at the 24-hour Fitness Center which has state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical trainers, strength and weight training equipment.
10 Godfrey is made of 15,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space, 10,000-square-feet of lounge and event space; it includes an indoor and outdoor bar, a video wall, and a retractable roof. Dolce Italian opens in the late spring of 2015, just in time for Mother’s Day. The restaurant will serve Italian favorites, including homemade pasta, Neapolitan pizzas, antipasti, and the signature Veal Milanese. Rooms start at $369 per night .
The Mark in New York is a luxury hotel with impeccable style, offering a variety of luxury accommodations, ranging from the 400-square-foot Superior Courtyard Rooms to the Mark Premier Five Bedroom Suite. If you decide to splurge on a suite, you will get to enjoy a 895-square-foot terrace, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. All suites and guest rooms are designed to be as comfortable as possible with lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and window shades that adjust easily with a single touch.
World famous hairstylist Frederic Fekkai takes care of hair, beauty and other pampering needs. Exercise at the 1,400-square-foot and state-of-the-art fitness center and dine at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten which serves European classics and signature global dishes (website).
Surround yourself with pure, star-studded Hollywood glamour at the London West Hollywood, an iconic Californian gem in the heart of the Sunset Strip. Exquisitely appointed open-plan suites feature sophisticated style where contemporary décor is paired with Art Deco pieces. The suites have lavish sitting areas and spacious en-suite bathrooms with modern amenities. State-of-the-art amenities include complimentary high-speed Internet access, iHome iPod docking stations and LG flat screen televisions.
All of the suites boast a personal wet bar brimming with indulgences. Soak up the Californian sun in true Golden Age style on the pool deck with views of the city. Savor a culinary experience with innovative flair at one of The London West Hollywood’s superb restaurants. Chef Anthony Keene serves up a delight of exotic southern Californian fare in the hotel’s restaurant or in the privacy of your own suite, while the bistro-style ambiance of Boxwood is ideal for all-day dining. Suites start at $380 per night.
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta is a 73-story hotel with 1,073 renovated guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular city views. There is an indoor-outdoor pool on the 11th floor, concierge, fitness studio and a spa. Children receive a gift at check-in and are invited to have fun at the Westin Kids Club.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Sundial Restaurant, Bar & View in an elegant setting with views of the city. Bar 210 serves cocktails and light fare so you can relax in comfort. Rooms start at $215 per night.
This feature originally appeared in Vacation Idea.